Firm marks its first decade with an expansion plan

BoxChilli in Portsmouth who will be expanding, front L-R Matt Atkinson - digital marketing director and Anders Bohea - MD''''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131335-1)

BoxChilli in Portsmouth who will be expanding, front L-R Matt Atkinson - digital marketing director and Anders Bohea - MD''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (131335-1)

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A TECHNOLOGY business is celebrating its tenth year of trading by expanding its workforce.

BoxChilli, based at Voyager Park off Portfield Road in Portsmouth, says the economic crises since 2008 have made business owners turn to its web marketing services to help boost their sales.

The firm was started in 2003 in a small office in Old Portsmouth by its managing director Anders Bohea.

Starting off as a two-man band, the firm slowly grew to having four staff and moving to offices in Southsea Marina.

In September the business exploded – the firm had to move to Voyager Park, is recruiting for another two staff, and now there are already plans in place to recruit another one.

Matt Atkinson, director of search, said: ‘Since our move, the business has been going from strength to strength, and we now employ nine full-time members of staff, plus two part-time, and we’re expanding constantly.

‘There are a mixture of reasons why. It’s the current market situation in that people are actively wanting to spend money to bring in new business, and maybe thinking that traditional marketing firms might not be working so well.

‘People need to market their firms during a recession.’

Matt and Anders are also investing in the future of web marketing, by hiring an apprentice.

Matt added: ‘We hired our apprentice six months ago, through the Peta training agency in Portsmouth, and it’s working out fantastically.

‘He’s working as my apprentice in search engine optimisation marketing. He had a background in web design so he could work easily alongside me.’

The firm is also looking for a new apprentice to work as an assistant to the managing director.

BoxChilli helps a number of local charitable and not-for-profit organisations get their message out to a wider audience, including the Royal Marine Museum, Portsmouth Festivities, Insure and Smile, Radian Housing Group, Fareham College and St Johns College.

It also serves companies in Switzerland, and Dubai.

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